West Ham Labour Xmas Campaigning & Events Update

West Ham Labour Xmas Card 2017

Dear Member

West Ham Labour Party Xmas update

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Looking forward to an early general election and a Labour Government in 2018 with Jeremy Corbyn as our Prime Minister.

As well as the usual campaigning and political events there are also surveys and petitions that you are being asked to participate in and support.

Councillor Candidate’s selection meeting postponed until New Year.
Firstly, apologies to members who had reserved last weekend for the chance to elect candidates to be our Labour Party candidates in the local elections in May 2018. Due to a number of appeals outstanding for applicants who did not pass the initial interview the Regional Labour Party has postponed the selections until the New Year. We will let you know the new date ASAP

“Bookmakers target people who can’t afford to lose their money on these machines”
Our MP Lyn Brown asks you to support her call to curb the blight being caused to our community by Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) and take part in the government consultation. Check out further information https://westhamlabour.org/2017/12/11/west-ham-clp-member-fixed-odd-betting-terminal-fobt-consultation-call-for-action/

In response to years of Newham’s campaigning the Government has now launched a consultation survey which might lead to these terrible FOBT machine stakes being reduced.  But we need to make sure that gambling industry lobby don’t dominate the responses, which is why we would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to respond to the survey online by clicking this link.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3XGGFP7

Newham Council: More Social Housing in Plaistow Petition
West Ham Ward ask you to support their online petition on a controversial planning application. See stall on 14 December. So please share with all your Newham friends and family: http://chn.ge/2iq4UKb

If you are interested in planning policy then Newham Council is also undergoing a review of its #LocalPlan Proposed Submission is open until the 16th January, so have your say! www.newham.gov.uk/planningconsultations” (warning this is heavy going but important)

West Ham CLP General Committee motion was passed calling on the Metropolitan Police Commissioner: To Suspend police officers under investigation for deaths of Edson da Costa & Rashan Charles. You can read more and sign the petition here: http://chn.ge/2zmfXa9

Zero Tolerance
Also please read the article on our website by our CLP Women’s officer, Seyi Akiwowo, about our zero tolerance of Sexual Harassment in our Partyhttps://westhamlabour.org/2017/11/29/west-ham-clps-zero-tolerance-approach-to-sexual-harassment/

Marked Register data inputting
If you have some time to spare before the New Year then contact our CLP secretary alangriffiths_per@yahoo.co.uk to volunteer to help us input the “Marked Register” data from the General Election into Labour Party records. He will explain if contacted.

Future Dates

Thursday 14th December – 6-7.30pm Street staff on West Ham ward petition for social housing outside Plaistow Station E13 organiser

Thursday 14th December – Newham Compass debate: “What should the Left be doing about Brexit?” at East Ham Working Men’s Club, Boleyn Road E6 1QE at 7.30 pm. Stephen Timms MP & Gordon Murray of the SNP are the speakers. Contact owenseaster@gmail.com for details.

Wednesday 20 December – 7.30pm to late Newham Co-operative Party Crimbo Social. Venue to be confirmed. John Gray/Neil Wilson organising.

Thursday 4 January 6.30pm FGN Canvass meet outside Forest Gate Tavern E7 (before ward meeting) John Gray organiser

Saturday 16th December – 1030hrs CTS Corner Tarling and Radland Road, E16 Organiser Terry Paul

Saturday 16th December, 11.00am, Stratford International DLR Station. Leafleting in E20. Contact: Clive Troubman,

Saturday 13th January at 11am Plaistow North  canvassing session on meeting at Plaistow station E13 contact Daniel or Mehmood.

Saturday 13th January 11-1pm Custom House Canvass check CLP website for meeting point and organiser)

Sunday 14 January 11.30 FGN Canvass (check CLP website for meeting point and organiser)

Saturday January 20th – 1100 am to 1 pm. PS Meeting at Plaistow  Library  E13 9HL
Contact Neil Wilson

Thursday 25th January – West Ham CLP GC, 306 High Street, Stratford E15 – Visiting Speaker Nia Griffths, Shadow Defence Secretary

Saturday 27 January 11.30am FGN Canvass meet outside Hibiscus Community Centre E15 1SP organiser John Gray 

Sunday 28 January 11-1pm Custom House Canvass check CLP website for meeting point and organiser)

Sunday January 28th 2.00pm to 4.00 pm PS Meeting at Plaistow Library E13 9HL Contact Neil Wilson

Monday 26 February 7pm Newham Full Council Meeting, East Ham Town Hall E6

We look forward to seeing you at future events and campaigns!

Regards

John Gray
Vice Chair (Campaigns and Comms) West Ham CLP
e westhamlabour@gmail.com
@westhamlabour
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westhamlabour.org

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West Ham CLP’s Zero Tolerance Approach to Sexual Harassment

By Cllr Seyi Akiwowo- West Ham CLP Women’s Officer

There is no place for sexual harassment in our party. We must deal with sexual harassment and abuse, as well as challenge the negative culture that is all too common. At our Executive Committee Meeting on 8th November I made the following recommendations to officers which I’m pleased to say were agreed.

  1. For the Labour Party’s Sexual Harassment Policy to be published on our website.
  2. For all branch secretaries to send both a link to the policy as well as an attachment to branch members in the notice of the next branch meeting and report back to the Women’s Officer.
  3. For all branches to note the Sexual Harassment Policy at their next meeting and report back to the Women’s Officer.
  4. For their the be an equalities and unconscious bias training for all members after the 2018 local elections.

Please do let me know if you have any other ideas in terms of actions or policies that we can push for.

I have also included the contact details of some organisations that can offer support, please do feel free to circulate!

RASAC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre): 020 8683 3311

Rape Crisis National helpline: 0808 802 9999

National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Newham One Stop Shop: 0845 451 2547

Sexual Harassment Policy

The Labour Party has a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and will take all complaints of this nature extremely seriously.

Should you experience any behaviour that you feel amounts to sexual harassment either towards yourself or another member we strongly encourage you to report it to us as soon as you can.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It takes place when someone is subjected to unwelcome and unwanted sexual behaviour or other conduct related to their gender.

Harassment is defined by law in the Equality Act 2010 as ‘unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual’. In the case of sexual harassment the relevant protected characteristic is ‘sex’.

Behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment includes:

  • Unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature, this may be either physical or verbal,
  • Inappropriate or suggestive remarks or verbal sexual advances,
  • Indecent comments, jokes or innuendos relating to a person’s looks or private life,
  • Unwanted physical contact such as hugging, kissing or inappropriate touching,
  • Requests for sexual favours,
  • The display or circulation of pornography or indecent images.

Often, this kind of behaviour may be brushed off by the harasser as ‘banter’ or harmless flirting. It is important to remember that the impact the behaviour had on you is the most important factor, it is not so relevant whether the individual intended to cause offence, but rather that offence was caused by the conduct.

Sexual Harassment Procedure

We understand that reporting sexual harassment can be intimidating, so we aim to make the process as clear and straight forward as possible. If you choose to contact us, it will only be treated as a formal complaint if you make it clear that this is the route you would like to take. We are happy to offer informal advice about the possible action and outcomes open to you and will not force you to take any action you do not feel comfortable with.

In the first instance we recommend that you to speak to a the Head of Complaints. You can contact them on: 07595 432542. They will be able to talk over your concerns and offer advice about the best course of action. If you would prefer to contact us initially by email then you may email the Head of Complaints on: complaints@labour.org.uk.

Where we believe a criminal offence has taken place, we will advise you to report the incident to the police. If we have serious concerns about your safety, the Complaints Unit have the duty to contact the police, but we will do our best to let you know before doing so. If your complaint is subject to an ongoing police enquiry, we will not investigate until the police investigation has run its course.

If, after speaking to us, you decide to make a formal complaint; the process will be as follows:

  • First, we will seek written statements from you the complainant and the respondent. At this point the respondent will be informed of the details of the complaint made against them. As part of this process each party will be encouraged to provide any relevant evidence and names of witnesses that support their statement. This process will form the preliminary investigation to establish the matters of fact from both sides.
  • The statements from the complainant, respondent and any witnesses will then be provided to the sexual harassment panel of the National Executive Committee (NEC). This panel will be made up of 3 members of the NEC Disputes Panel.
  • All statements will be anonymised before being put in front of the panel, so they will not know the names of the individuals involved in the case.
  • If the party deems it necessary, at the point the complaint is referred to the panel of the NEC, an administrative suspension may be imposed on the respondent until the investigation is complete.
  • Should the panel of the NEC decide the case requires further investigation, they will refer the case to the NCC. At this stage the complainant and respondent will be provided with copies of all statements and asked to attend separate interviews with a panel of the NCC.
  • The NEC panel may make the decision that the complaint is better dealt with through an informal route rather than through an NCC hearing. Where this is the case, they will lay out their recommendations for the next steps to the Head of Complaints.
  • The meetings with the NCC panel will be held at different times and the complainant and respondent will not be required to meet.
  • Witnesses may also be invited to attend an interview with the NCC panel.
  • Should either the complainant or respondent wish to submit requests for questions to be put to the other party as part of their interview, they will be invited to do so ahead of the meetings.
  • After the initial interviews, the NCC panel may feel it is necessary to follow up on any points that were raised; this will usually be done by telephone.
  • Once the panel is satisfied that it has all the information it needs, it will make a decision about the appropriate action that should be taken. The NCC’s decision will be reported to the Disputes panel of the NEC.

At no point will the complainant be required to confront the respondent face to face. All details of the complaint will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

West Ham Labour Campaign & Events update: 17 November 2017

West Ham Labour Logo

Dear Member

I hope you can help out and enjoy these political and social events. Don’t worry if you have never been knocking on doors for Labour. We will explain things and support you at every stage.

Labour in power: what can Labour councils do?

Have your say in Newham Labour’s Campaign for 2018 

19.30 – 21.30, Tuesday 28th November

Venue: 306 Stratford High Street, London E15 1AJ

West Ham Constituency Labour Party (CLP) is pleased to invite you to an information sharing, discussion and social event on Tuesday between 19.30 and 21.30 on Tuesday 28th November.

1. Labour in power – what can Labour councils do? Cllr Sarah Hayward (former leader of Camden Council) will talk about the possibilities for Labour councils to transform and improve their local communities.

2. Cllr. David Christie, who is coordinating the project management of the 2018 Newham Labour Manifesto – which will form the policy platform that our candidates will be standing on – will talk about the process of drafting and agreeing the manifesto and will hear from members about their priorities for Labour in Newham; and

3.Cllr Charlene McLean (West Ham CLP Chair)
We know that many members won’t have been involved in selecting Labour candidates or helping to shape a manifesto before, and we want to make sure you really do have your say in your local Labour Party. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a member, if you haven’t been a meeting before or for a long time, or whether you are a regular attender at your local Branch meetings – we’d love to see you on Tuesday 28th November at 306 Stratford High Street, London E15 1AJ.

PS. We know winter nights can be cold and miserable, so refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

[Please note this event was originally planned for the 21st November – so many apologies if you have received a notice for this date.]

Other campaigning & social activities in the CLP

Saturday 18th November; 11.30am; Custom House Library, Prince Regents Lane, E16 3JJ. Canvass. Contact: Rokhsana Fiaz, Custom House.

Sunday 19th November; 11.00am; FG Rail Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members; R. Tripp; rec.tripp@gmail.com Forest Gate North.

Sunday, November 19th 2.00pm to 4 pm, Barking Road Community Centre, 627 – 633, Barking Road, E13 9EZ. Canvass. Plaistow South.

Sunday 19th November; 11.00; Sainsbury’s Local, East Village, (E20 1DB); Canvassing and leafleting; Contact: Karl Lewis on karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk Stratford and New Town.
Tuesday 21 November 7pm Newham Trades Council – Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack. General Secretary FBU Black Lion Pub E13

Friday 24 November 7pm Newham Fabians meeting Seb Dance MEP will be speaking. Eat16 Cafe in St Luke’s Centre (Canning Town).

Saturday 25 November. National Campaign Day.

11.15 ATL cafe, Plaistow Road, E13 3ET, West Ham Ward Contact David Christy
1 pm Canning Town South Ward Canvasing Meeting corner Munday and Victoria Dock Road (Adjacent to steps Royal Victoria DLR). Contact Terry Paul

11-1pm Street Staff, near Forest Gate Railway station contact Carel

Sunday 26 November 11.00 – 1pm, meet outside Nisa Local, 53 Freemason Road, E16 3PJ. Canvass. Custom House
Friday 1 December 6pm Pentonville 5 Event, East Ham Working Man’s Club, E6 1QE, Greater London Trade Councils

Saturday 2 December 11am PN Canvass meet Plaistow Station E13. Contact Daniel or Mehmood.

Saturday 2 December Forest Gate North Winter Social 7.30pm email Carel on xubcb@yahoo.com or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forest-gate-north-winter-social-tickets-39726073756?aff=ebdsorderfblightbox

Thursday 7 December. West Ham & Plaistow North Branch Xmas Social. Vicarage Lane Community Centre, E15 4HW. All members welcome. Bring drink and food.

Saturday 9 December & Sunday 10 December branch hustings for local Councillor Candidates (POSTPONED UNTIL NEW YEAR BY LONDON REGION)

Saturday 9 December  canvass meet outside Old Town Hall, E15 4BQ at 10.30am organiser

Thursday 14th December – Newham Compass debate: “What should the Left be doing about Brexit?” at East Ham Working Men’s Club, Boleyn Road E6 1QE at 7.30 pm. Stephen Timms MP & Gordon Murray of the SNP are the speakers. Contact owenseaster@gmail.com for details.

We look forward to seeing you!
John Gray
Vice Chair (Campaigns and Comms) West Ham CLPe westhamlabour@gmail.com
@westhamlabour
westhamlabour
westhamlabour.org

West Ham Labour Campaign, Events & Social Update (1 November 2017)

#BHM17 KAMAL CHUNCHIE

I hope you can help out and enjoy these political and social events. Don’t worry if you have never been knocking on doors for Labour. We will explain things and support you at every stage“. John Gray, West Ham CLP Vice Chair Campaigns

Saturday 4 November 10.30-12.30 Thurrock Car pickups in CLP 9:50am for 10:00am departure (TBC Check out West Ham Labour Website) or take train from West Ham at 10.03 to arrive South Ockendon at 10.22. Meet Canterbury Parade carpark off of West Road. South Ockendon RM15 6NJ. Contact alangriffiths_per@yahoo.co.uk

Car Lifts on 4th November for “solidarity Saturday” in Thurrock. Meet below 09:50 am for 10.00 am departure.

Near Plaistow Station:  Corner of Plaistow Road and Bull Road. With Mehmood Mirza    (07916 344575)

Near Stratford High Street DLR station: corner of Bridge Street and Dawn Crescent  with Alan Griffiths (07773 884339)

Near Atherton Leisure Centre:  corner of Atherton Road and Clova Road. With Alan Griffiths (Alan Griffiths)

Near Henniker Point: corner of Leytonstone Road and Henniker Road   With John Gray            (07432 150530)

Saturday 4 November 12 noon at Moka House Canning Town E16 1EH Labourparty.canningtownnorth@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday 4 November  2-4pm Canning Town Library E16 1EH West Ham Labour BAME network & Newham Fabians contact anamul.islam.30@gmail.com

Thursday 9 November 6pm Vicarage Lane Community Centre, E15. West Ham Canvass before ward meeting. Contact  John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Saturday November 11 1100 am to 1 00pm Barking Road Community Centre, Canvass. 627- 633 Barking Rd, London E13 9EZ Plaistow South contact TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Saturday 11 November, 11.30am – 1.30pm meet outside Custom House Canvass. Library, Prince Regent Lane E16 3JJ. contact to be confirmed TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Monday 13 November 7:30pm West Ham Black History Season Labour Women’s Forum and Newham African and Caribbean Network Guest speaker Paula Perry at West Ham Labour HQ, 306 High Street, Stratford, E15. Contact Seyiakiwowo@gmail.com

Tuesday 14 November – New members event at at West Ham Labour HQ, 306 High Street, Stratford, E15 TBC

Saturday 18th November; 11.30am; FG Rail Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members; Contact rec.tripp@gmail.com; Forest Gate North

Sunday, November 19th 2.00pm to 4 pm, Barking Road Community Centre,  Plaistow South.Canvass. 627 – 633, Barking Road, E13 9EZ  Contact TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Sunday 19th November; 11.30; Sainsbury’s Local, East Village, (E20 1DB); Canvassing and leafleting; Contact karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk; Stratford and New Town.

Saturday 25 November. National Campaign Day. To be confirmed Contact John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Saturday 25 & 26 November London Regional Conference, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell St, WC1B 3LS.

Sunday 26 November 11.00 – 1pm, Custom House Canvass. meet outside Nisa Local, 53 Freemason Road, E16 3PJ Custom House Contact TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Saturday 9 December & Sunday 10 December branch hustings & selections for local Councillor Candidates.

Friday 15 December – Newham Co-operative Party Christmas Social & Centenary Party tbc

West Ham Labour Campaign, Events & Social Update

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“I hope you can help out and enjoy these political and social events. Don’t worry if you have never been knocking on doors for Labour. We will explain things and support you at every stage”.

Saturday 21st October; 11.30am; FG Station, E7 0NF; Street Stall; Carel Buxton; xubcb@yahoo.com; Forest Gate North
Sunday 22 October; 11am; Stratford Station (Westfield entrance); Political Education & Social; Daniel Blaney and juliannemarriott@me.com ; CLP (Everyone is welcome including friends and family.) London Docklands Museum visit E14 4AL. either bike or tube.

Sunday 22 October; 11am; Nisa Local, 53 Freemasons Rd, E16 3PJ; Canvass; rokhsanafiaz@yahoo.co.uk or Najma Saher: Custom House; (Custom House DLR stn closed, use Royal Victoria DLR a 7 min walk)

Monday 23 October;  7.30pm
 Newham Labour Group 2018 Fundraising; 7.30pm Newham Labour Group 2018 Fundraising; An evening of live music, entertainment with  fish and chips’ supper (vegetarian option is available) for members to enjoy.  It’s a great opportunity to network and meet Labour party members from across Newham.  Final details of the evening are being finalised but it will include:

* Guest Speaker * Entertainment * Live Music * Traditional British Fish and Chips super (vegetarian option available) * Bar available * Prizes

Places are very limited and bookings are on a strictly first come basis so reserve your seat now. Fish and Chips option is automatic so please indicate clearly if you want the veg option (vegetarian pizza & chips) by email to mas.patel@outlook.com

(have some dosh ready for some really good auction offers donated by our West Ham MP, Lyn Brown)

Wednesday 25th October, 7:30pm at Theatre Royal Stratford. Newham African Caribbean Network are having Black History Month drinks.

Thursday October 26th at 7.30: Newham Compass Adult Social Care – “Quality vs Cash?” East Ham Working men’s Club, Boleyn Road, E6.

Saturday 28th October; 10.30am; Tesco Express, Stratford High Street, (E15 2NE); Canvassing and leafleting; karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk; Stratford and New Town.

Saturday 28th October Meet at 11:15 for an 11:30 start at the ATL Café, 125 Plaistow Road E15. West Ham ward. organiser tbc.

Saturday 28th October 1pm meeting point is Keir Hardie Methodist Church, Plymouth Road, Canning Town @1300hrs. Terry Paul organiser

Sunday 29th October – Sunday Night Live & Newham Fabians screening docu-portrait of Labour politician Dennis Skinner‘Nature of the Beast’.  5pm Jerrys Kitchen, E15 click here to register

Friday 3rd November; 7pm; TBC; Social Evening; C.Buxton; xubcb@yahoo.com; Forest Gate North
Saturday 4 November tbc Thurrock to be confirmed West Hm CLP

Saturday 11 November; 11.30; FG Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members. Seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; Forest Gate Nort

Saturday 11th November, 11.30am – 1.30pm meet outside Custom House Library, Prince Regent Lane E16 3JJ. contact to be confirmed.

Saturday 18th November; 11.30am; FG Rail Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members; R. Tripp; rec.tripp@gmail.com; Forest Gate North

Sunday 19th November; 11.30; Sainsbury’s Local, East Village, (E20 1DB); Canvassing and leafleting; karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk; Stratford and New Town.

Saturday 25 November. National Campaign Day. To be confirmed

Sunday 26 November 11.00 – 1pm, Custom House meet outside Nisa Local, 53 Freemason Road, E16 3PJ Custom House

Saturday 9 December & Sunday 10 December branch hustings & selections for local Councillor Candidates.

Friday 15 December – Newham Co-operative Party Christmas Social & Centenary Party tbc

Training for prospective Newham councillors – 5th & 12th October 2017

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Have you applied to be a council candidate?

West Ham Labour Party are running short training sessions for members who have interviews to stand as Labour Party council candidates.

The sessions will be led by Cllrs Seyi Akiwowo and John Gray and will take place at the West Ham Labour Party offices, 306 Stratford High Street, London E15 1AJ

Sessions will take place on:

Thursday 5th October 6-7pm
Thursday 12th October 6-7pm
Thursday 12th October 7-8pm
No need to book a place – just turn up.

Contact:

Seyi on seyi.akiwowo@gmail.com,
John on john.gray2012@icloud.com,

West Ham CLP Events & Campaign Grid (updated 3/10/17)

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Campaign & Events Grid

Saturday 30/9/17 @11am Royal Oak, Hale End Road IG8 9LN, Canvass, Alan Griffiths lead, West Ham CLP Secretary, Chingford Marginal

(It’s a Labour National Campaign Day!) 

Saturday 30.9.17 @ 11-2pm Bobby Moore Statue, Central Park Rd, Boleyn, E61PW Bike from Boleyn

https://bikefromboleyn17.eventbrite.co.uk/ Veronica Oakeshott

Saturday 30.9.17 11.15am, ATL Café, 125 Plaistow Road, E15 3ET. Canvass. David Christie & John Whitworth, West Ham

Saturday 30.09.17, 11am, New VIC, Prince Regent Lane, E13 8SG, canvass, Neil Wilson neilwilson_per@yahoo.co.uk, Plaistow South

Sunday 1.10.17 1pm, Queens road West Community Centre, E13 0PE, Door knocking session,
Daniel: Mehmood Mirza email mmehmood73@hotmail.com: Plaistow North #Note change of meeting time from 12-1pm

Tuesday 4.10.17; Social Media project; 8pm; West Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ; John.Gray2012@icloud.com; CLP; Facebook adverts for “hard to get into” blocks pilot

Wednesday 4.10.17, 2.45pmPortway Primary School, Station Rd entrance E13 0JW; School gates leaflets; Voakeshott@hotmail.com. Please email if attending

Wednesday 4.10.17, 6.45/7pm Women’s Forum; Check out Women Forum survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X777JW9; West Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ; Meeting; seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; propose policy ideas and commitments to the Newham Labour Mayoral candidate and Labour Councillor candidates

Thursday 5.10.17 6-7pm. Training for prospective Councillor candidate interviewsWest Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ. Cllr seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; Cllr John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Saturday 7.10.17 @11.30 am; FG Rail Station E7Canvassing and calling on existing members; Rachel Tripp; rec.tripp@gmail.com; Forest Gate North

Saturday 7.10.17 Newham Cllr interviews; Region

Sunday  8/10/17 Newham Cllr interviews; Region

Saturday 7/10/17; 11am; Custom House Library, E16 3JJ; Canvassing; Rokhsana Fiaz rokhsanafiaz@yahoo.co.uk or Najma Saher: Custom House; (Custom House DLR stn closed, use Royal Victoria DLR a 7 min walk)

Saturday 07/10/17 @11.30am; Sainsbury’s Local, 165-167 Romford Road, E15 4JF; Canvassing;
Joel Ainsworth, joel_m_a@hotmail.com; Forest Gate South; contact Mas Patel or Joel Ainsworth on

Sunday 8/10/17 2-4 pm NewVic, Prince Regent Lane, E13 8SG, canvass, Neil Wilson neilwilson_per@yahoo.co.uk, Plaistow South

Monday 9.10.17 @7pm; West Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ; Branch Officer Training; Carel Buxton xubcb@yahoo.com & John Whitworth; CLP; For Branch/Forum Chairs, Vice Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer & Social Secretary

Tuesday 10/10/17; 6.45/7pm; Women’s forum; West Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ; meeting;
seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; Newham Labour Manifesto. This is an opportunity to review our agreed policy commitments on domestic violence, breast screening and ESOL services

Thursday 12.10.17 6-7pm & 7-8pm. Training for prospective Councillor candidate interviewsWest Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ. Cllr seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; Cllr John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Wednesday 18 October 2017 6-7.30pm Lord Lister Medical Centre, 121 Woodgrange Rd, London E7 0EP, canvass, (Gun crime incidents) Cllr Seyi Akiwowo seyiakiwowo@gmail.com

Saturday 21st October; 11.30am; FG Station, E7 0NF; Street Stall; Carel Buxton; xubcb@yahoo.com; Forest Gate North

Sunday 22 October; 11am; Stratford Station (Westfield entrance); Political Education & Social; Daniel Blaney and juliannemarriott@me.com ; CLP (Everyone is welcome including friends and family.) London Docklands Museum visit E14 4AL. either bike or tube.

Sunday 22 October; 11am; Nisa Local, 53 Freemasons Rd, E16 3PJ; Canvass; rokhsanafiaz@yahoo.co.uk or Najma Saher: Custom House; (Custom House DLR stn closed, use Royal Victoria DLR a 7 min walk)

Monday 23/10/17; Evening; Details to follow. Newham Labour Group Fundraising;

Saturday 28th October; 10.30am; Tesco Express, Stratford High Street, (E15 2NE); Canvassing and leafleting; karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk; Stratford and New Town;

Friday 3rd November; 7pm; TBC; Social Evening; C.Buxton; xubcb@yahoo.com; Forest Gate North

Saturday 11th November; 11.30; FG Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members
Seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; Forest Gate North

Saturday 18th November; 11.30am; FG Rail Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members; R. Tripp; rec.tripp@gmail.com; Forest Gate North

Sunday 19th November; 11.30; Sainsbury’s Local, East Village, (E20 1DB); Canvassing and leafleting; karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk; Stratford and New Town.

Forest Gate North “Labor Day” Picnic/BBQ Sunday 3 September

Forest Gate North Labor Day BBQ

Just a quick update that Forest Gate North Labour Party will be holding a Summer Picnic/BBQ on Sunday 3rd September on Wanstead Flats opposite the Golden Fleece pub from 3 to 6 p.m. Come along and bring a dish to share. Don’t forget to bring your family, children are especially welcome. Put the date in your diary and look forward to seeing you there.

(BYW – Our next branch meeting is on Thursday 7th September at Durning Hall).

Carel Buxton, Secretary Forest Gate North Labour
email: forestgatenorth@gmail.com

“Dozens pay their respects to war victims killed when a bomb hit their bus”

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Hat tip Newham Recorder  “Cllr and members of the public attending a vigil on Dames Road where a V1 flying bomb landed killing people on a bus outside the Holly Tree pub

DOZENS GATHERED TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO FOREST GATE’S WAR DEAD ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE NIGHT A BOMB HIT A BUS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

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The event, organised by Forest Gate North Labour Party, was held at the site of the 1944 blast outside The Hollytree Pub in Dames Road.

It is thought around 20 people died in the explosion, although no reliable record exists because wartime press censorship stopped much detail being published in order to limit the information available to the enemy about attacks.

Cllr Seyi Akiwowo, one of the organisers of Thursday’s event, said: “The event was fantastic. It was put together at short notice and there was a good turnout. I’m glad we were able to pay our respects.”

In his speech at the vigil, Cllr Anam Islam said: “Now, just as then, the price we pay for liberty is eternal vigilance against racism and prejudice.”

West Ham MP Lyn Brown, who was unable to attend the event, told of its importance.

She said: “It is right and important that we commemorate those who perished or lost loved ones in the fight against fascism, and just as important that we remember the anti-fascist and anti-racist heritage of the East End with pride.

“Levels of racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic hate crime have all risen over the past year, and it is important we draw on this past to bring us together and renew the fight against far-right ideology and its terrible effects. That aim will be easier to achieve if we have a more accurate narrative of what actually happened.”

Eyewitness Cyril Demarne is quoted in The Heroic Story of the Second World War Bomb Disposal Teams by James Owen as saying: “A trolley bus, crammed with home going workers, had caught the full blast and the whole area was a sickening sight.

“Dismembered bodies littered the roadway, others were splattered over the brickwork of the houses across the way and the wreckage of the trolley bus was simply too ghastly to describe.

“The lower deck seated passengers were all dead. Although many of the victims had been decapitated, they were still sitting down, as if waiting to have their fares collected.”

(the V1 flying Bomb landed just outside Newham but much of the bomb damage and deaths were inside modern Forest Gate. A 80 year old local resident who remembered being told about the attack pointed out to us the exact impact. The death toil was at least 38 and probably much more)

 

 

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